Fall is now fully upon us. Soon we’ll start to notice leaves changing colors. This season is one of my favorite times of year, not only for the changing colors, but because I get to take notice of the work that some of Ward 2’s great organizations are doing.
Last week, I joined my colleagues on the Council to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence updated the Council on this serious issue and let victims know that there are support services available in our community.
The goals of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a federally recognized organization, are to end domestic violence and help people who have been victimized. It is a tremendous resource. I highly recommend that you take advantage of what the Coalition has to offer if you are — or someone you know is — a victim of domestic violence.
Earlier this month, I had the privilege of joining N Street Village for the 45th annual Walk With The Village fundraiser and Shero Walk. N Street Village, an organization focused on empowering homeless and low-income women, has done amazing work in the District — including right here in Ward 2 — to help women with education, health needs, shelter, safety and many other services.
I salute CEO Schroeder Stribling and her team for all that they do. Their work has meant the world to the women they serve and to the community. It was my honor to dedicate the 1300 block of N Street NW as “N Street Village Way.” This sign will be a constant reminder of how a group of people can help change lives and make them better.
These organizations, and many more like them, have made a difference in countless lives. I commend them for their efforts to combat very serious and complicated issues.
I also took the time to welcome a brand-new entity to Ward 2. Last week, I joined the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of Shop Made in DC. This concept store only sells products, food and beverages made in the District of Columbia. What a talented city we live in! Artwork, handmade tonics, D.C.’s own brews, clothing — the selection is quite impressive.
I’m proud that there’s now a store promoting some of the best products in the region. I encourage you to check out Shop Made in DC, located just south of Dupont Circle at 1330 19th St. NW.
And we can’t forget about Halloween (my favorite holiday) and trick-or-treating. As the sun sets earlier every day, please be safe and remember to have fun.
Jack Evans is the District Council member for Ward 2, representing Georgetown and other neighborhoods since 1991.